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Poster: light into ashes Date: Nov 22, 2011 6:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What happened? LIA can you help?

There are a couple possible reasons.

The Dead had a mishap with their recording in October '72 - Latvala said, "Bear told me a story about how a major piece of recording equipment got stolen on 10/21, and basically disrupted the taping of shows for the rest of the year, other than 3 shows at Winterland in Dec."
Not sure just what got stolen or whether the Dead just got a temporary crappy replacement for it, but indeed the taping & mixing quality takes a nosedive starting with 10/21 and continuing through the rest of the fall.
So by the turn of the year I guess they got better taping equipment!

But there's something else to consider - the taper. Bear taped the late '72 shows from August on. He did a sterling job up to 10/18, but after that seems to have adopted a variety of approaches in taping. Sometimes he taped on reels, sometimes on 90-minute Ampex cassettes. Some nights he taped from the audience rather than from the soundboard. Some nights have very strange mixes (said to be from Phil's monitor mix).
But in 1973, Bear apparently stopped touring with the band (he'd been getting in some hassles with the rest of the sound crew), and Kidd Candelario became the taper. (Kidd was Keith's sound tech.)
Betty also taped some shows in early '73, but Kidd was basically the main taper from Feb '73 through Sep '74. So when you're praising the sound quality from those years, it's his work.

This post was modified by light into ashes on 2011-11-23 02:54:48

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Nov 22, 2011 11:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: What happened? LIA can you help?

thanks much. Appreciate it.